The Philippines, named after King Philip II of Spain, is a wonderful country that lies on approximately 300,000 square kilometers of land spread over 7,107 islands, with 36,289 kilometers of coastline and more than 100 million citizen, over 92% of the population speaking English as a second language. Filipinos also use more than 125 indigenous languages. Most fluent English speakers live in Manila, the capital of the country, and Quezon - the most densely populated city in the Philippines.
The Philippines is the world’s leading producer of coconuts and beauty queens. It is also known for its UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces, beautiful Conus gloriamaris shells, the oldest universities in the world, the biggest pair of shoes ever made, and for its wonderful holidays and festivals.
Dive into the country’s rich history and culture with a complete list of its Holidays and Festivals.
Sunday 9 May
- Mother’s Day
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90% of the population of the country is Christian, the vast majority being Roman Catholic. So many of the annual festivals are related to important events on the religious calendar. Several celebrations have their roots in pagan times, with costumes and rituals that have been modified over time to reflect more recent Christian traditions. Some of them are very colorful celebrations, which are really worth to visit for tourists.